(c) Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester Rugby fell short in a hard fought 26-24 loss to Sale Sharks but take two losing bonus points from the AJ Bell.
Sale Sharks scored three tries in the first half through Faf de Klerk, Al MacGinty and JP Du Preez with de Klerk hitting two of the conversions as the hosts took in a 19-12 lead at the break.
Two Santiago Socino tries from the maul kept us in the fight with Barton hitting one of the conversions in the swirling wind at the AJ Bell. We went into the break 19-12 down.
In the second half, the Sharks got on the scoreboard again as JL Du Preez reached over for the score. De Klerk converted the score to give them their 26 points.
However, Gloucester Rugby stayed in the fight and scrum half replacement Charlie Chapman intercepted the ball deep in the Cherry and White 22 and had the speed to race down the touchline to score in the corner.
This was a big momentum shifter for the Cherry and Whites and the attack came alive again when Louis Hillman-Cooper dotted down for a try on his Premiership debut.
Barton slotted the conversion putting us just two points behind with 10 minutes on the clock.
Despite our best efforts, Sale weren’t going to let us score again and were ultimately able to hold out our attack.
Key moment – Charlie Chapman’s try
Charlie Chapman had come on off the bench and Gloucester Rugby were in need of a big moment to swing the momentum of the game.
The scrum-half grabbed the ball from the Sharks attack and pinned his ears back and made it all the way to the try line to dot down for a great individual score.
Gloucester Rugby don’t have a fixture next week so will be back in action at Kingsholm on Friday 25 March when we host Worcester Warriors. Get your tickets here.